Magic
Magic (1978)

Anthony Hopkins is a ventriloquist psychologically tormented by his dummy in the Richard Attenborough thriller Magic (a film with a story that may seem familiar to those who have seen the Michael Redgrave segment of Dead of Night, or the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 5, 1990
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83%
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63%


Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

In adapting his own best-seller, William Goldman has opted for an atmospheric thriller, a mood director Richard Attenborough fleshes out to its fullest.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Magic has few scary moments and is really a rather maudlin examination of a nervous breakdown.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Odd combo, but it's creepy and generally works.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A hammed-up version of the old chestnut about the ventriloquist who is 'taken over' by his dummy, clumsily adapted by William Goldman from his own novel.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.

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Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

A very well-crafted suspense-thriller that unfolds with one dramatically tense scene after another. Hopkins is superb.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Magic is neither eerie nor effective. It is, however, very heavy of hand.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

Because of Hopkins, because of Ann-Margret (who hardly looks like that Ann-Margret, adeptly proving herself as an occasional dramatic actress), and because of Burgess Meredith as well as Fats the dummy, "Magic" is one of the top-notch films of the 1970s.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Very likely to produce nightmares.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
Though <i>Magic</i> scores no points for originality - old hat even then, the theme of a ventriloquist's personality being taken over by that… More
Megan S
Not too bad actually. Anthony Hopkins was good at being creepy before Silence of the Lambs. Not really a "horror" film more just creepy.
Alex roy
Richard Attenborough crafts a disturbing psychological horror yarn with a good cast. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a ventriloquist who can't separate… More
AJ Verser
This story has been seen over and over, there is an episode of the Twilight Zone and about three movies with the story before this movie came out. Obviously it… More
Anthony Lawrie
William Goldman is a brilliant writer. Combine that with the directing talent of Richard Attenborough and the acting talent of Anthony Hopkins and the wonderful… More
Curtis Lilly
I've always had a fascination with dummys, and a fear of them. Mix a super creepy one with Anthony Hopkins and you've got a winner! The interplay… More